This August is a series of anniversaries for me:
It is my 4th Anniversary of quitting smoking; and,
The blog celebrates it's 6th anniversary.
Perhaps greater to me is the 5th Anniversary of my personal rebirth. August 2009, I returned from my trip solo across the Balkans. I returned from that 4 month adventure a changed person. And through that commitment to change, I did so further. Each step has made me better person and made my life more full and complete.
But I didn't do this alone. Many people helped along the way. Maybe like the Sheykh, they don't know what they've done.
With the below, I want to share my journey and thank all of those who have touched me.
I traveled Greece, including getting my certificate to teach English.
|Mycenae: Lea, Marilyn, Simone, Kelly and I at the Treasury of Atreus|
|Olympia: sprinting the track|
|TEFL Corinth: Kelly, Marilyn, Lea, Simone, me, Kelly, Jim|
Afterwards, I went to Kefalonia to work with sea turtles and another great group who touched me in ways they might not have known.
|Cannonball into the Ionian Sea.|
|Climbing Mt. Ainos: Ariel, me and Damo|
|Team Turtle: me, Cecilia, Ian, Florian, Lilly, Ariel, Mia, Damo, Ellly|
|Atop Baske Ostarije, 1000m climb over 12km - took em three hours|
|Bungee Jumping, Sibenick Bridge|
|Jesse Bear @ Krka National Park|
|Plitvicka Jezeera National Park|
|Saying goodbye to Schwarzfahrer, at some random bike shop in Zagreb|
(got 600 kuna for the bike)
|Dimitrovgrad, Serbia - where I got kicked off the train without a passport (and Jesse Bear was stolen)|
|Hiking Liechtenstein! a lifelong dream|
|Hiking the less exotic Catskills, 2009:|
Andrew, Carl, Nellie, Jeremy, Tiffany, Seth and Jess
2010, was a bit of a tough year for me. I was going through some rebirth pains. There are very few pictures from this year. Eventually, I came out on the other side. While, I don't have any photos of them, Dave and Glenn were fantastic people I leaned on during this time and year.
|Urvi and I handing off in the 26x1 relay|
|White House after my second marathon and a fantastic weekend with my Cousin|
|Climbing Champlain Mtn - Scott, Evan, Sarah, Sara|
|Kelsea and I after the 2011 MDI Relay|
|Mill Cities Relay - Kings of Beer: Aaron, Dan, me, Marc and Seth|
|New Years 2012, Polar plunge after the Hangover 10K: |
I'm mid dive, Robert and Anthony are about to dive; Sara and Bradley
|Trampoline Dodgeball: Amy, Kate, Paul, Kimi, Ann, Seth, Sarah, Laurie, Dan, Paul, Ali, Sara, Marc, Korynn|
|After Providence Marathon: Ann, Jim, Sarah, Korynn, Seth, Dan and me|
|Iceland 2012: Seth, Andy, Brian, me, Sara, Korynn, Victor, Aharon and Liz|
|Aaron, me and Brian at Skaftafell, Southeast Iceland|
|At Skogarfoss: Merissa, Brian, me, Sara, Korynn, Victor, Seth, Sarah, Amie and Aharon|
|At the Start of the Reykjavik Marathon, 2012|
|At Thakgil, Iceland: Mariah, Brian, Harrison, Korynn, Sara, Weth, Aharon, me, Amie, Liz, Laurie and Victor|
|Urvi and I on Pete's Hill, Arbs during Hub on Wheels|
|Blizzard Run with Bradley|
|Ruthanne, Kate, Urvi and I, 2013 Boston Marathon right before we found out|
|Corey right before our doomed century ride|
|Pineland Farms Trail Series, 2013:|
Brian, Jake, Karen, Sara, Aaron, Scot, Tim, anthony, Merisa, Brian, me, Diona
Carrie-Anne, Andy, HB, Mariah, Urvi and Erin
|me, Urvi and Paul after the Pittsburgh (half) Marathon|
|Urvi and I at the Colosseum|
|Urvi and I at Trevi Fountain|
|Hiking the Whites: Jess, Andrew, Andy, Emma and I|
|Lake Winni Relay: Dan, John, Marc, Tim, Steve, Aaron, Seth and I|
|Reach the Beach:|
Scott, Jim, me, Steve, John, Matt, Megan, Jason, Korynn, Deb, Freddi and Emma
|Deb getting her sock darned, Man City Marathon|
|Finishing the Man City Marathon|
|Meeting a member of the CIM board:|
Urvi, me, Tim, Aaron, Kate, Brian, Laurie and Erin
|Urvi and I in Sacramento after the California International Marathon|
|Long Jump - Pentathlon|
|On the 300K|
|Novare Res after the Beach to Beacon:|
me, Urvi, Eva, Matt, Julie and Scott
One from the Vault:
|That time our Christmas Card was graffiti, Boston, 1992|
|Of course, I can't forget my parents.|
I just wanted to thank everyone for sharing and helping my journey, especially those who may not know they have the gift to be a positive influence...